Srinagar: Jaish-e-Muhammad operational Khalid Bhai was Monday killed in a brief gunfight at Ladoora village of Baramulla district, police said while adding thatntwo militants were killed in an ongoing gunfight with government forces in Shopian district of south Kashmir.
Official sources told news agency GNS that Khalid was killed after he was trapped in a school following an attack on army convoy by militants at Ladoora today.
Sources said that Khalid had sustained bullet wounds earlier in firing exchange in his leg and as a result he couldn’t flee from the area. After brief exchange of gunfire, Khalid was killed. He was a resident of Pakistan. Acting on a specific input regarding the movement of JeM Chief Operational Commander J&K in the general area of Ladoora, Sopore police laid a covert naka at Woveri Mohalla Ladoora. During naka, the militant fired upon the naka party which was retaliated, ensuing an encounter. During retaliation, the militant got injured, however, he managed to escape from the spot and entered into a residential house.
The naka party immediately cordoned off the house and in the meanwhile CRPF and Army also joined the operation. During search, the hidden militant fired again upon the search party. The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing encounter the said militant got killed who was identified as Khalid @Shahid Showkat.
A case FIR number 56/2017 under section 307/RPC, 7/27 A. Act stands registered in Police Station Dangiwacha.
The said militant Khalid @Shahid Showkat was constantly exploring the opportunities to kill the security forces/ police personnel and to attack on Police/ Security establishments in the state. He was motivating youth and poor boys to join his outfit for execution of grenade attacks against monetary benefits on behalf of Pak based JeM commanders.
He was involved in a number of civilian killing cases and many Fidayeen attacks in Kashmir valley.
The said militant was involved in the recent attack on one SPO namely Altaf Ahmad Khan at Hajin Handwara in which the said SPO along with his son and father got seriously injured.
He along with his associates was involved in killing of tower guard namely Eidul Amin Mir resident of Maqbool Abad Behrampora Sopore. He was involved in the killing of Fayaz Ahmad Rather resident of Saidpora Rafiaabad near his home. He was also involved in the killing of one Suhail Ahmad Dar resident of Kachloo Khahipora Handwara in Watergam Orchards.
He was involved in the killing of Sarpanch Ghulam Nabi Khawaja resident of Kralgund, attack on one civilian namely Naz Khan in the jurisdiction of Police Station Kralgund Handwara.
He was also involved in Fidayeen attack on 46 RR Army Camp in 2016 at Khajabagh Baramulla. In addition to above he was the mastermind of Fidayeen attack carried out by JeM outfit at DPL Pulwama and BSF camp Airport Humhama Budgam.
In an encounter in Gatipora village of Shopian district on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir security forces killed one terrorist, while three others are believed to be trapped, according to media reports.
According to ANI, the militant killed in the encounter has been identified as Abid and is said to be a member of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Times Now reported that the area has been cordoned off as the gun battle between the terrorists and government forces is still going on.
Earlier in the day, in a similar operation, Jammu and Kashmir’s security forces killed top Jaish-e-Mohammed militant commander Umer Khalid in Ladoora area of North Kashmir.
A search operation for Khalid turned into a gun battle when the militants opened fire on the search party, the police said, adding that more troops were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping.
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as Khalid was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targeting policemen in particular.
“He was killed in a joint operation by the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Special Operation Group, local police, the CRPF and the Army,” he said.
Khalid, who was a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said.